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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Storage Option for Ripped DVD Movies? on: December 19, 2013, 10:54:14 PM
seems to me you're putting the cart before horse here.

what is it you want to do?  do you simply want back up copies of the collection, or some sort of HTPC solution, or some sort of networked library, or something else altogether?

the answers to all of these questions may overlap, but the best solution really depends on your end goal (and bear in mind that it's likely to change as you find out what options area available to you Cool)

FWIW I think the RasPi is a great way to approach this - add a hub and some external drives (you probably already have at least one) and you're good to go Thmbsup

Cart before the horse? I thought my post and the thread title were fairly clear: I am looking for storage options for my ripped DVDs.   smiley

I figured that I would get replies that address storage options as well as streaming, etc., but my question is really about storage. HDDs or NAS. I have used external HDDs for a long time, but have never used an NAS. Most that I have looked at offer a load of features - many of which I would probably never use. But NAS might still be a better storage depot - I really don’t know at this point.

I currently can watch movies on my TV using a USB flash drive; I have also just started using the Plex channel on my Roku devices which allow streaming from a networked PC. So streaming from a media server is not needed - but if it is easy to set up it would still be worthy of consideration.

But primarily I want to get the rest of my DVDs ripped and am wondering what the best storage media is.


102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Best Storage Option for Ripped DVD Movies? on: December 19, 2013, 12:10:06 AM
I have a fairly large DVD collection. Well, large for me, anyway. A little over 500 titles comprised of about 1500 disks. (A lot of TV series included which contain multiple disks).

I have a number of them ripped and stored on an internal HDD (3TB SATA drive), and all are backed up presently to an external 2TB USB 3.0 drive. I'd like to get the whole collection ripped but I am debating the best way to store them. More external USB drives? A NAS? Or one of the Media Servers I see advertised? I have seen comments in the past about just setting up a separate computer for them, but I don’t think I'm quite ready for that yet.

I would appreciate advice/comments on which storage media you think is best; that is, at a reasonable cost! What's reasonable to me? Currently that equates to hundreds of dollars, not thousands. NAS looks pretty good but most seem geared toward backups and using RAID, which I don’t want to do right now if possible. Of course I may be way off with that thinking. Maybe an enclosure that holds four or so internal drives? My technical level is very high with regard to ripping the DVDs, but about the lower end of intermediate as to what storage option to use and how to properly set them up.

I appreciate any help you can offer.


103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You're a sly one. Mr.........Disney? on: December 18, 2013, 11:56:12 PM
The fact that it was a Disney movie is not surprising at all. After all, Disney releases most of their movies on DVD for a set time frame and then pull all copies and you can't get it again until they decide to have a "limited release" again in the future.

Shrewd marketing, I guess... but nasty IMO.

104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / RIP Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin) on: December 16, 2013, 12:17:16 AM
Remember these lines?  (I only quoted Billy Jack's side of the conversation here).

"Well, it doesn't look to me like I really have any choice now, does it?

You know what I think I'm gonna do then? Just for the hell of it? 

I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face... 

...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it."

RIP Billy Jack  (Actor Tom Laughlin, August 10, 1931 – December 12, 2013)

105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I have been pwned on: December 11, 2013, 10:43:06 PM
My spam is pretty well filtered. Even so, it hasn’t increased noticeably. Lucky I guess.

106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") in Internet online purchasing on: December 11, 2013, 10:31:23 PM
Here's a link to the Wayback Machine's copy of the KlearGear.com Terms of Use with the so-called Non-Disparagement Clause in it. They admittedly added this clause after the purchase in question was made and then took it down a day or two after this story broke on KUTV2. The clause itself is quoted below.

Link to Terms with Non-Disparagement Clause:  http://web.archive.org/web/20120627211945/http://www.kleargear.com/termsofuse.html

Non-Disparagement Clause

In an effort to ensure fair and honest public feedback, and to prevent the publishing of libelous content in any form, your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you from taking any action that negatively impacts KlearGear.com, its reputation, products, services, management or employees.

Should you violate this clause, as determined by KlearGear.com in its sole discretion, you will be provided a seventy-two (72) hour opportunity to retract the content in question. If the content remains, in whole or in part, you will immediately be billed $3,500.00 USD for legal fees and court costs until such complete costs are determined in litigation. Should these charges remain unpaid for 30 calendar days from the billing date, your unpaid invoice will be forwarded to our third party collection firm and will be reported to consumer credit reporting agencies until paid.

Wow! What a complete bonehead move! And to think that we old farts always thought it was the used car salesmen who were the real experts in fleecing folks.

And if KlearGear.com wants to come after me for posting this.......  Nyah nyah nyah!   

107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I have been pwned on: December 11, 2013, 09:40:42 PM
I just entered my five most used email addresses and only one - my Gmail address - was pwned on one site - Gawker, from that major hack they suffered last year. However I changed my password since then plus started using Google's two-step authentication, so hopefully I'm good.

The only negative they mentioned about the Gawker hack is that a lot of folks are receiving Acai berry spam! Haven't gotten any of that.


108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When did the world of the NSA and technology get so surreal? on: December 11, 2013, 09:32:52 PM
I would bet that it's gamers who now work at the NSA who came up with this idea.  "Noooo... we are NOT just playing games at work; we're monitoring potential terrorist activity in the gaming and virtual environment areas..."

I mean, how do you manage to get a job like that? Convince your boss that you need to play games all day long in the name of national security? What a sacrifice for their country! Heroes, I say!

109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anti-Tracking Smartphone Pouch on: December 11, 2013, 09:27:16 PM
My Droid Razr has a non-removable battery too. I just keep it under my hat  (Which, of course, is made from tin foil...   tongue  )

110  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor and DCUpdater Problem on: December 10, 2013, 10:03:30 PM
Hey mouser...   It's Baaaack!

Dcupdater is once again only checking for updates to SSC. That same checkbox has appeared directing that it check only for SSC updates, so that is exactly what it is doing. Again like last time I can deselect that box all I want but it returns again the next time I enter that window. I don’t even have to exit dcupdater and restart it; if I just switch to the "Available for installation" tab and then back to the "Installed Packages" tab right away the box is checked again.

Last time you suggested that I make sure to deselect the "Check for updates" feature in SSC's Preferences and that seemed to fix it. But that is still not selected yet dcupdater is insistent on checking only for SSC updates.

Has there been another change in SSC recently that might be causing this?

Thanks for any advice!

111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your tax dollars at work: Now FDA proposes to ban a brand of cookie? on: November 29, 2013, 09:52:19 AM
Sounding more and more like a candidate for the Basement.    smiley
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 22, 2013, 10:16:32 PM
A special what?  huh
 (see attachment in previous post)

Where oh where are these cards when you need one?!  tongue

113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 18, 2013, 09:51:34 PM
Reading about Zen Magnets again spurred me to look at their products again, and then to look up the email receipt from my purchase last year to see which set I purchased. (Meaning the name of the set). When I read the email again I just had to post it here. It's just too cute.


HOORAY! I'm pleased to announce that your order ( #gc-XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ) has been processed and is now complete.

Please rest assured that we hold great urgency to each and every shipment. Your package will leave us within 24 business hours of this email. Standard domestic shipping takes 3-7 business days. Standard International shipping takes 2-3 weeks. Unless you selected a shipping service with tracking, there will not be an additional email.

After a rigorous 4 step process of verifying the quality and consistency of each and every magnet,  we donned silk gloves and placed it into a sacred padded envelope made of magic and lined with Unicorn fur, sealed the envelope with an adhesive made from strands of Gypsy hair, and wrapped the whole thing in a snazzy looking faux gold leaf paper, with elm leaf inlay from Costco. Unfortunately, by the time it gets to you, all of that fancy stuff will likely have been picked clean by the greedy postal service employees. Please don't be surprised to see just a plain padded envelope.


That last paragraph just makes me want to support the company! How could I not?!

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 17, 2013, 10:59:40 PM

Didn't see anything there but opinion. Did I miss something?

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 17, 2013, 09:47:33 PM
Snopes lists its veracity as "Undetermined", and states that Jack-In-The-Box confirmed that it is a real voicemail left by an employee. Of course that doesn’t confirm that the accident was real; just that the voicemail is.

Michael Childs insists that he is the guy who left the voicemail and that the account is true.

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 16, 2013, 12:21:37 PM
Both words mean "capable of burning".  No other real difference. In the US manufacturers are required to use only the word "flammable", but any products already labelled with "inflammable" do not have to be changed. It is really just an instance where the prefix "in" is really out of place. "in" as a prefix has two meanings: 1) 'not' or 'lacking' as in inedible, illegal, implausible, irreverent.  2) 'into, in, on, upon' as with income, intake, implant. Most of the time the difference is fairly clear, but not so with "inflammable".

Thought this was funny:


117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 15, 2013, 09:55:26 PM
Yeah... but native English speakers have enough difficulty with these two synonyms disguised as antonyms. Imagine trying to learn English and tackling these two words!

118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 15, 2013, 12:21:27 AM
I would like either "flammable" or "inflammable" removed. Both mean the same thing, which is downright silly IMO. So dump one of them, please! Inflammable is too often misused for nonflammable. Stupid, confusing words!

119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 10, 2013, 04:13:30 AM
Really? I know that they are going after magnets in general, but I don’t see anything about the CPSC going after Zen Magnets on the Zenmagnets.com web site.

120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: November 09, 2013, 10:21:27 AM
Just another thanks to IainB for info, thumbs up I'm usually thorough about stuff like this, but this one I overlooked. I'm using Lastpass without any problems since 2010 and My number of "Password Iterations" was only 1, and when I've changed it to 5000 I've noticed that Firefox Lastpass addon is a little slower to login now, but I can live with that. smiley

I've noticed LP acting slower lately also but wasn’t certain if it was the new version or the change to the iterations setting.


121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: November 08, 2013, 11:20:42 PM
My biggest annoyance with LastPass on an iPad is actually not their fault, but Apple's. On my Android phone I use the Dolphin browser and it allows extensions not unlike Firefox in Windows. Install the LastPass extension and it fills login fields automatically or by clicking on the LP icon. Very convenient. On the iPad though extensions aren't permitted and so LastPass is not allowed to fill login credentials in any browser other than its own. So I must copy and paste my usernames and passwords manually. Of course since you can't show multiple windows at once this means opening one over the other and then vice versa. Just a PITA!

122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 08, 2013, 09:28:23 PM
Oh the irony... Three years ago mouser started a thread about Buckyballs' bullying of the "little guy", Zen Magnets, with onerous legal threats. mouser's opening line in his post was: "It brings a warm glow to my soul when i see a little guy fights back against the bullying legal intimidation of the big companies." In context, Zen Magnets was "a little guy" and Buckyballs was "big company" who was using "bullying legal intimidation" against them. Oh how the wheel doth turn!   Grin

Kinda makes you wonder if the owner of Zen Magnets has friends in high places at the CPSC!



123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 02, 2013, 10:10:39 PM
Renegade: I don't know your Wikipedia editorial status, but your article isn't there or can't be found.
 (see attachment in previous post)       (see attachment in previous post)

It got deleted really fast.

And you are surprised?? Shocked and appalled?  Wink   .    Grin

124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 01, 2013, 11:06:06 PM
Reasons for Admission to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 1864 - 1889


125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz' bold new subscription-based update plans - brilliant? or suicidal? on: October 31, 2013, 12:30:55 AM
I purchased the damn "lifetime licenses" for their movies, music, and book collection programs. I have lost lifetime licenses in the past - more than a few. It is generally inevitable, as the lifetime label makes it a sure loser at some point. So that is not the most disappointing aspect. But dropping support for all databases except his own was one move that lost me. That was the main cause of death for my use of their software.

Just as big was the way he responded to users on the forum. Alwin is - or at least was - about the most arrogant and obnoxious developer I'd seen. He's post and insult anyone who said anything he didn't like. I mean, not just defensive posts but outright nasty attacks on some users. Granted some users were nasty also, but Alwin was the nastiest by far. I had no desire to deal with him at all.

Unfortunately my current "collections" software developer - FNProgs - apparently just went out of business without warning too! I purchased SoftCAT, BookCAT, CATVids, and CATraxx, as well as his newest program AssetCAT. All are now abandonware I guess. Time to start looking again. But it won't be at Collectorz.com!

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